How to Maintain Simplicity in a Childs Life

Where are the children playing outdoors? They used to be everywhere. Where has childhood creativity gone? Children used to draw, crayon, make clay creations and write stories. It seems as if either children have every minute of spare time tied up in scheduled activities or they are playing computerized games. Often these children are incapable of being creative. Instead, they are depending upon someone else to give them something to do. Like robots, they must be constantly occupied or they become bored. Therefore, the question becomes, “How to maintain simplicity in a child’s life?”

Just as adults need simplicity in their lives, so too do children. Too many children suffer from stress-related health problems. Ulcers, diabetes and hyperactivity are being seen in young people in larger numbers than in previous generations. Children need down time to de-stress and relax.

Technology and media are easily accessible to children, enabling them to be up-to-date on world-wide news, which can be very frightening to them. Therefore, it is important that children have time and a safe environment in which they can share their fears, worries and questions about things they do not comprehend. Family time that is relaxed, light-hearted and invites children to open up, without fear of punishment or being put down, is extremely important.

Certainly it is significant that children play sports to keep up with friends and for personal physical exercise, so to sign them up for one sport a season may be okay, if it is balanced by some time for solitude. Too often children are registered in several activities, have homework to complete, have household chores to perform, which then leaves them with no free time. Such free time would allow children opportunities to discover their own innate abilities. Children require some down time to be introspective, to discover who they are as individuals, to learn their talents and their strengths. It’s like having kneaded yeast in a tightly covered bowl, which leaves no way for it to develop and expand to be baked into a bread product. So, too, with children, if kept too busy, their talents are stunted, incapable of evolving into their fullest potentials.

Suggestions for after dinner activities include, play tag, kickball, dodge ball, badminton, tennis, basketball outdoors with family and neighborhood children. This is time to simply have fun and enjoy being a “kid.” Without being told how to play the game better, children are allowed to make new discoveries concerning their own sporting talents and preferences.

Besides outdoor fun, parents could ask children to draw a picture of the most interesting aspect of their day or to write a story about an event that occurred during the day. Not only is this creatively using their minds, but it is informing parents of something that influenced their children that day. A few weeks prior to a major holiday, children could be invited to prepare a play focused around the holiday. What they come up with may be delightfully surprising to all.

In conclusion, simplicity allows energy surrounding and within children to bring out their innate abilities, which can then nourish and generate into future professions. Crowding children’s abilities with too much on-the-go stuff puts a squeeze on their creativity.